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The Occupy Reno Candidate Survey is Now Live!

We have emailed all the candidates on the ballot in the Reno/Sparks area with a series of questions. Occupy Reno, representing the broader 99%, would like to know their views on a number of issues that concern us.  Our goal is to learn for ourselves and to help educate our fellow citizens about the views of candidates on issues that we believe affect all of us!

It is the general position of Occupiers that every citizen should be aware of critical issues of the day. Citizens, and certainly public officials, should be willing and able to express their opinions in a free and open manner without fear of reprisal. This is a fundamental Constitutional right that every American should exercise in order to protect.

So we hope that you will review their answers to our questions as a means of better understanding the candidates’ viewpoints on some of the big issues affecting our community. We will update the web page as we receive new responses.

Click here to view the Occupy Reno questionnaire and candidate answers. 

We thank all the candidates for responding to our questionnaire, for their service to the community and for their willingness to be a public servant especially in these challenging times!

JOIN US IN ASKING THE QUESTIONS THAT MATTER! If you have your own questions that you would like the Reno General Assembly to consider for a follow-up survey, please email your suggestions to


Donation Request for The People’s Dinner:
A Call for Assistance

The Peoples Dinner has been going strong for 7 months now. Serving approximately 300 people each Saturday at 5pm, the need for cooking and serving supplies grows with every passing week. We humbly request that you glance around your home and search for items that will help us carry out this enormous task.

Supplies We Need:

  • 2 beverage Igloos (5 gal) with spigot
  • cooler
  • 5-10 aluminum food trays
  • Heavy-duty cooking utensils
  • Large standalone canopy for serving station
  • Small-medium sized freezer for storing meat
  • Any disposable cups, plates, or utensils you can spare!

If you would like to donate supplies to this effort, please contact and we will be in touch with you soon. Thank you!



Dont miss The Real News, Occupy Reno’s video series covering the topics that shape our world. Watch the latest video about the Keystone XL Pipeline, and check our calendar for taping times. You are encouraged to join us in the newsroom and discuss the issues that matter to you.


The Occupy Reno Master Charter

The Occupy Reno Master Charter is now available online. To view the document, click here or find the Master Charter button on the right side bar of this website.


Donate to Occupy Reno

If you can’t join us in person but would like to support our efforts, your contributions would be greatly appreciated and carefully utilized. Donate to the OR General Fund


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Appearing Live Tomorrow: Labor Folksinger Anne Feeney at Abby’s Highway 40

Tuesday July 17th, 2012
7:30 p.m.

Abby’s Highway 40
424 E. 4th Street
click here for map 

Anne Feeney returns to performing with Mark Ross and Adam Moss in Hard Travelin’ Tour. 

The tour is in tribute to the life and times of iconic American folksinger, Woody Guthrie, whose inspiration work includes the song, “Hard Travelin’.” Guthrie would have turned 100 years old this year had he not succumbed to Huntington’s Chorea in 1967. The show features many songs from Woody’s repertoire, and songs that Woody would have liked – performed by Anne Feeney and Mark Ross, who have been continuing Woody’s work throughout their careers. There are celebrations featuring Guthrie’s music planned across the nation in honor of his life.

Feeney returns to performing after a two- year bout with cancer. Thousands of her friends and fans supported her emotionally and financially during her illness and recovery. Pete Seeger and Peter Yarrow are among the hundreds of musicians, as well as her current tour mates, who performed benefit concerts for her recovery. Feeney’s anthem, “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” is a favorite of the #Occupy movement and is sung in jail cells from Oakland, CA to Copenhagen. The 60 year old activist/songwriter has made a career out of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.

While Pittsburgh-based labor diva Anne Feeney and multi-instrumentalist Mark Ross of Eugene, Oregon have known each other for two decades, they have never toured together. High-energy young fiddle player Adam Moss of Boston previously performed with Feeney in her 2009 Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show tour.

Mark Ross was 14 years old the first time he read Woody Guthrie’s BOUND FOR GLORY. He thought it was an instruction manual. He has spent the last 45 years walking that road, playing and singing and telling stories in 36 states. He’s been a logger, fry cook, and substitute teacher. He’s also been nominated for a Grammy, an Indie, and was Utah Phillips’ sideman and songwriting partner.

The tour, with performances in theaters, concert halls, union halls, libraries, festivals – and on picket lines, will features stories, songs, jokes and some tour-de-force instrumentalism. Utah Phillips was a great friend and mentor to both Ross, whom he called “the best all-around traditional musician in North America” and Feeney, whom he called “the best labor singer in North America.” With young Adam Moss’ fiddling thrown into the mix, it has the makings of a magical memorable musical evening.


In the 36 months between March 2009 and March 2012, over 10,500 Trustee’s Deeds were issued in Washoe County alone. Based solely on population there were 4 or 5 times as many issued in Clark County in that same period. For those of you fortunate enough to find the jargon unfamiliar, a Trustee’s Deed is what is issued when a property is sold at a foreclosure auction.

“Foreclosed” – an illustration by Koren Shadmi

When there are forty or fifty thousand completed foreclosures in Nevada in such a turbulent three-year period, the result is a lot of unhappy people, a lot of unhappy voters. And it comprises the single largest unaddressed voting block in the state. By and large these families have been–and continue to be–cast aside with no information, resources, or support.

Nullifying your Foreclosure

You probably know that over the past few years a growing number of foreclosures have been successfully stopped for reasons of invalid, false, or fraudulent activity by the lenders. What you may not know is that a small but growing number of foreclosures can be nullified due to those same reasons. When nullified, the foreclosure is found in court to be invalid, and ownership is restored to the person who was foreclosed. This has happened even after the property was sold at a foreclosure auction and in the possession of a new owner.

Nullification hasn’t happened yet in Nevada, but I believe it’s coming. It can be accomplished at little or no cost. If you have lost your home to foreclosure, or are about to, and want to know how these and other foreclosure survival tactics may benefit you, please email me at walttrauth[at]

Walt Trauth is a Reno resident and long-time real estate investor. In 2008, he began reaching out to the Northern Nevada community, providing education to homeowners on foreclosure survival tactics. Through exhaustive research, he has been able to connect potential foreclosure victims with the knowledge and resources necessary to fight back. 


Important Announcements

This Saturday: Volunteers Needed for the Reno Block Party Festival at Wingfield Park!

Join Occupy Reno at the second annual Reno Block Party, a bustling arts and music festival at Wingfield Park on Saturday, June 30th! There will be live music, ongoing performances, great food/drinks, vendor booths, community outreach stations and artistic demonstrations.

We will be setting up at 8:30AM and sharing a station with the outstanding Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-op and the Reno chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (aka The Wobblies)! The IWW is a union for ALL workers, uniting people from all skills and trades for better working conditions.

Want to bring flyers, brochures, or business cards to hand out at the festival? Bring them to our booth and come ready to talk to festival-goers about the issues that are important to you and the Reno community.

Admission is free and is an all ages event.

monday action meetings have a new location!

Bibo Coffee- Click image for map

Our Monday night Action meeting has moved! We are now holding our weekly planning meeting at Bibo Coffee on 945 Record Street by the UNR campus (the former Record Street Cafe location).

Join us Monday nights, where ideas become actions, and strangers become comrades. Join us for a lively discussion and come ready to plan demonstrations, events, and outreach tactics.  Check out the OR calendar for more details.

Change the Conversation: How To Get Involved

Do you want to change the conversation in The Biggest Little City? Here’s an excellent place to start:

Meet Your Neighbors

Have you talked to your neighbors lately? A big part of changing a broken system is building relationships within your community and bringing awareness to the economic, political, and social issues that impact our world. Take some time start a dialogue with your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.

Speak Up; Be Heard: Come To Our General Assemblies and Action Meetings

Join the General Assembly, our weekly facilitated forum for free speech, announcements, and community decision-making. Where everyone comes together to discuss our project needs and updates.

More interested in planning direct actions and outreach tactics? Come to our weekly Action meetings. See calendar for times and locations.

Know Your Rights!

We have assembled several English and Spanish guides from the ACLU including Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and ProtestsYour Rights and the Police, and a convenient pocket card. Don’t forget to watch the video of National Lawyers Guild lawyer, Jerry Boyle, giving a workshop to Occupy Chicago on how to ‘disarm’ a police officer. Visit the Occupy Reno Legal Resources page!

 Start A Committee or Working Group

Organize, reach out to the community, and use your skills any way you can. If you would like to start your own committee or project, let us know what you need.

Join a Committee or Working Group

A lot of work needs to be done. To join a committee or working group, search the OR calendar to find out when we’re meeting, and/or contact Occupy Reno directly at info[at]

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It only takes a handful of passionate people to change the conversation in the Biggest Little City. Let’s work together.

Educate! Organize! Unite!


About Occupy Reno

Occupy Reno was organized in October 2011 as a response to the Occupy Wall Street movement that began on September 17, 2011. Around the world, citizens are rising up and demanding social and economic justice – and a return of power to the people. Read more about the Occupy Movement and find out WHY it’s time to Occupy Reno…